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Released October 1, 2004


HATTIESBURG - Dr. Dennis N. Ranalli, an internationally known specialist in head and neck trauma prevention and immediate care, will be the first guest lecturer Oct. 8 of the College of Health Distinguished Lecturer Series 2004-2005 season at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The College of Health Distinguished Lecturer Series is intended to bring to campus eminent scholars who can speak across disciplinary boundaries of the college. Each distinguished lecturer's visit spans two days that consist of working with discipline-specific colleagues at Southern Miss and a lecture to a campus- and community-wide audience. The series allows students, faculty and others to interact with internationally recognized experts and scholars. Ranalli's presentation will be held in the Polymer Science Building auditorium.

The lecturer is selected on the basis of distinction in his or her field and the ability to present valuable information to the Southern Miss community. Ranalli is senior associate dean and professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He also holds an appointment as adjunct professor of pediatric dentistry at Case Western Reserve University. Ranalli has presented table clinics, poster sessions, scientific lectures and continuing education programs locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. He is a seminar speaker for the American Dental Association and has published numerous scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters in dental literature related to pediatric dentistry, cleft palate, craniofacial abnormalities, sports dentistry, and smokeless tobacco.

Ranalli is a consultant to the sports medicine program and team dentist for the Pittsburgh Panthers. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the International Academy for Sports Dentistry and as liaison to the International Federation of Sports Medicine. He was IASD president during 2000-2001 and was guest editor for the October 1991 issue of the Dental Clinics of North America's "Sports Dentistry" and the January 2000 issue "Advances in Sports Dentistry." He served as co-guest editor for the July 2001 issue of "Women's Oral Health."

Ranalli earned his bachelor's degree in 1968 from the University of Pittsburgh and a D.D.S. in 1972 from Temple University School of Dentistry. He completed a general practice residency program from 1972-1973 at the H.K. Cooper Institute of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic. He practiced general dentistry from 1973 until 1981. He earned a certificate in pediatric dentistry in 1981, and an M.D.S. degree in 1982, both from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. In 1991, Ranalli completed a fellowship in the Pew National Dental Leadership Development Program through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ranalli has held various administrative positions during his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, including director of the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Program, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, coordinator of Dental Services at the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Center, associate dean for clinical affairs, accreditation site visit coordinator, executive director of the Dental Alumni Association, director of professional development, and director of academic affairs. He was the recipient of the 2004 School of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award-Advanced Education Program.

Ranalli has been an active member of the American Society of Dentistry for Children, having served as president of both the Western Pennsylvania Society of Dentistry for Children and the Pennsylvania Society of Dentistry for Children. In 1995, he was the recipient of the PSDC Award of Excellence. He served for two terms as the mid-Atlantic trustee to ASDC, representing six states and the District of Columbia. He was national president for ASDC in 1997-1998 and is a current fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the International Academy for Sports Dentistry. He is a member of Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society of North America), a past president of the Supreme Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (the National Dental Honor Society) and an honorary member of Sigma Phi Alpha (the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society).


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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM